The Atlanta Hawks moved to a season-best eight games over .500 with a 91-84 win over the Utah Jazz. Jeff Teague played the role of closer for the Hawks scoring seven of his game-high 24 points in the fourth quarter.
Utah came out of the gates quickly and led 27-16 at the end of the first quarter. Atlanta locked in defensively in the second and outscored Utah 25-15 to cut the deficit to 42-41 at the intermission. The Hawks fell behind by as many as 13 points in the second quarter but used a 19-4 run to take a three point lead before Utah scored the final four points of the half to reclaim the lead.
Atlanta seized control of the game in the third holding the Jazz to just 22 percent shooting in the period to take a 66-57 lead. Utah would make a run in the fourth thanks to Gordon Hayward who scored nine of his team-high 22 points in the final 12 minutes. Hayward's jumper with 3:40 remaining cut Atlanta's lead to 80-77. Al Horford answered on Atlanta's next possession to push the lead back to five before Teague scored back-to-back buckets to make it 86-78 with 1:50 remaining. Teague scored seven points over the final 2:21 of the game to seal the victory for Atlanta.
Teague finished 9-18 from the field and also recorded a team-high six assists. Paul Millsap added 18 points and nine rebounds while Al Horford finished with 11 points and seven rebounds. Hayward led the Jazz with 22 points but was just 6-18 from the field. Derrick Favors and Rodney Hood finished with 16 points each. Former Hawk point guard Shelvin Mack struggled from the outset finishing with just five points on 2-13 shooting.
Atlanta held Utah to 35 percent shooting for the game and outscored them 75-57 from the second quarter on. The Hawks have now won three straight on the road and have held opponents under 40 percent shooting in 5 of their last 6 games. Atlanta will wrap up their current five-game road trip on Thursday with a stop in Toronto to face the Raptors.